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John S. McCain, proponent of U.S. global dominance, dies aged 81

John S. McCain, proponent of U.S. global dominance, dies aged 81

John S. McCain III, the senior US senator from Arizona who took a leading role in U.S. foreign policy, is no more. He was 81.

Diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer last summer, the senator’s family had announced just prior to his death that he would discontinue medical treatment.

McCain served as a Republican in the US Senate for over 30 years, taking office in 1987. That followed several years as a representative for Arizona’s 1st district, beginning in 1983.

From 2015, McCain was chairman of the US Senate Armed Services Committee. During his senate career, he received the nickname “the maverick” for his frequent breaks from his party on major issues – most recently for dramatically killing a GOP-led effort to repeal “Obamacare” in July of 2017.

The senator was perhaps best known for his advocacy of US foreign policy. Prior to his illness, he was a frequent guest on US television news channels, where he defended Washington’s many military interventions abroad, expansion of NATO, and was a vocal opponent of the governments of Russia and Iran, among others.

He was a strong supporter of overthrowing Syrian president Bashar al-Assad by force of arms, visiting and furnishing aid to Islamic militants invading Syria – some with links to Islamic State.

In March of last year, McCain accused Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) of “working for Vladimir Putin” after Paul objected to a treaty admitting the small Balkan nation of Montenegro to the NATO alliance.

In February of 2017, McCain and longtime ally Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) travelled to Ukraine where they urged the armed forces of the Kiev regime to go on the offensive and pledged to provide weapons for a war with Russia.

It was not the “maverick” senator’s first involvement with the former Soviet republic. In December of 2013 he addressed rioters and protesters on Kiev’s central square, offering them support and a “European future” if they would overthrow their democratically elected government, which had refused to sign a one-sided economic agreement with the EU.

He was an outspoken leader in US efforts to economically and politically isolate Russia, especially through sanctions after 2014. McCain also described Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin as a “thug” and a “killer.”

McCain was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2008, but lost to the Democratic candidate, Barack H. Obama.

The senator was at constant odds with US President Donald Trump. One of his final public statements was issued in July 2018, strongly condemning Trump for his “disgraceful” summit in Helsinki with the Russian president.

Trump tweeted his condolences to McCain’s family regarding his death.

McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone – then a US territory – on August 29, 1936. His parents were naval officer John S. McCain, Jr., and Roberta (Wright) McCain.

His father commanded submarines in combat during World War II, sinking several Japanese vessels. Rising to the rank of admiral,  he later became notorious among survivors of the USS Liberty, a ship attacked by Israel in 1967, for his role in ruling the attack an accident.

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His grandfather John S. McCain, Sr., was also an admiral and held important commands in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

John McCain III followed his father and grandfather into the navy, graduating from the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, ranked 894 from a class of 899. During his academy days he first acquired a lifelong reputation for being irascible.

As a naval aviator, he served in Vietnam in 1967, where his A-4 Skyhawk was shot down over Hanoi on McCain’s 23rd mission over the country. He landed in a lake and was rescued – possibly with assistance from Russian military advisers (one of whom later claimed to have shot him down).

The lieutenant-commander was reportedly jailed at the “Hanoi Hilton” POW prison, after receiving medical treatment for the two arms and leg he broke while ejecting from his plane. He was held until 1973, refusing an offer to return home early. He was reportedly subjected to torture.

Some fellow captives denied that McCain’s treatment was exceptionally severe compared to other prisoners. Some vets also accused Senator McCain of later using his position to block investigations into US servicemen missing in Vietnam.

In an interview with an Italian newspaper, the chief of the prison during McCain’s captivity denied he was tortured, saying he was under orders to safeguard McCain as the son of a high-ranking American admiral.

John McCain is survived by his mother Roberta, his wife Cindy, a brother Joe, and 7 children.

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colum

RIP Mr McCain. One Chapter Ends, Another Begins

ColinNZ
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ColinNZ

If there is a hell I hope he gets to experience the same death as each and every victim of his war criminal career … over and over. Rest In Pain, may it never stop.

Seán Murphy
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Seán Murphy

One less evil warmongering bas###d in the world. The world is now a slightly better place with this evil turd gone to meet his master in hell.

voza0db
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The cancer just showed up 30 years later!

PHILIP LAFRANCE
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PHILIP LAFRANCE

Now for the week long McCain worship marathon from the US MSM, including neo-con Fox News.

McCain didn’t want Trump to attend the funeral but, Pence, well he’s welcome to go. That should tell you want kind of man Pence is.

Kentus
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Kentus

Time to celebrate

Kent

AriusArmenian
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AriusArmenian

How will he fare in the afterlife (if any) in the face of the millions of souls he brought to suffering and death? In life what was moving blood in his veins since he had no heart.

AJ
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AJ

Its incredible that McCains mother is still alive at 106 – whats she been drinking!

Nikos Yiasou
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Nikos Yiasou

The world is rid of a warmonger.

Ger
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Ger

JUSTICE

Boris Kazlov
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Boris Kazlov

Good riddance

franz kafka
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franz kafka

If only his ideas would die with him.

I do not think the USA is going to be that lucky.
McCain was only one part of the heart at the evil core of the USraeli Empire AKA The Masters of War.

“Masters of War” – Bob Dylan

J Roderet
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J Roderet

McCain was a cancer to the entire world. His criminal wars and coups killed millions. Good riddance.

Toxik
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Toxik

This Nazi and terrorist lover will see a million souls waiting for him

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